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Album Reviews

Doggerel

Pixies
Doggerel

Oct 03, 2022 Web Exclusive

Pixies were great, huh? With a knack for making music simultaneously disposable, frivolous, and eternally memorable, they were, perhaps, the most influential and important act of their era.

Fossora

Björk
Fossora

Sep 30, 2022 Web Exclusive

Fossora—the ungrammatical feminine version of the Latin term for “digger”—finds Icelandic art pop icon Björk’s roots clinging firmly to the earth as she advances her signature wintry avant-pop soundscapes, exploring concerns of identity, mourning, and the longing for connection in an increasingly isolated world.

Cool It Down

Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Cool It Down

Sep 29, 2022 Web Exclusive

Cool It Down is certainly an apt title for Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ fifth studio album.

Classic Interviews

Martin Courtney

Martin Courtney
A New Phase

Jan 06, 2016 Issue #55 - November/December 2015 - EL VY

The passage of time has a particular habit of finding its way into the music of Martin Courtney. Across the three albums he has released thus far with his band Real Estate—starting with the group’s 2009 self-titled debut, to 2011’s Days, and last year’sAtlas—the New Jersey-raised frontman regularly expounds on the memories of the beautifully mundane.

Comic Book Reviews

Keeping Two

Keeping Two
Fantagraphics

May 26, 2022 Web Exclusive

All the best things in life take time, and yet it’s natural to fear that same passing. In Keeping Two, the latest graphic novel from acclaimed cartoonist Jordan Crane, and an endeavour which has appropriately been in the offing for 20 years, time is less a linear pathway than a kaleidoscope of interconnected anxieties, hopes, and dreams.

Book Reviews

After All is Said and Done: Taping the Grateful Dead 1965-1995

Mark A. Rodriguez
After All is Said and Done: Taping the Grateful Dead 1965-1995

Sep 21, 2022 Web Exclusive

The fervor and obsession that drove Grateful Dead’s tape-trading community throughout the band’s lifetime gets a fascinatingly detailed focus in Mark A. Rodriguez’s After All is Said and Done: Taping the Grateful Dead 1965-1995.

Interviews

Finn Jones Finds Meaningful Layers in The Visitor

Finn Jones Finds Meaningful Layers in The Visitor

Oct 03, 2022 Web Exclusive

Finn Jones discusses the rare authenticity found in his new horror film, The Visitor.

The End: Kurt Wagner of Lambchop

The End: Kurt Wagner of Lambchop

Sep 30, 2022 Web Exclusive

To end the week, we ask Kurt Wagner, the creative force behind Lambchop, some questions about endings and death. His approach to the task was quite different than any other artist who has taken part in our The End interview series over the years.

Pleased to meet you

Her Skin On “I Started A Garden”

Sep 30, 2022 Web Exclusive

Italian singer/songwriter Her Skin gives Under the Radar an exclusive track-by-track insight into her new album “I Started A Garden”

Lists

Star Trek TV Series Ranked from Best to Worst

Aug 07, 2022

A definitive ranking of every Star Trek series is an impossible task. Some segments of the fandom will always disagree with the ranking. To be clear, this is mySteve King’s definitive ranking. I’ve watched every episode of Star Trek more times than I can count. I’ve written one or two things about it, and although sci-fi fantasy fans are a persnickety bunch, I tend to take the Bradley Nowell (of Sublime) approach: “I feel like I’m stoned. I feel like watching Star Trek and eating Chinese food or something.” In other words, lighten up, nerds.

This list will fluctuate as new shows debut and others falter. But this is still Star Trek we’re talking about. It’s all excellent. It just varies in degrees. Future seasons may render some of these rankings irrelevant. But for now, it’s the way I see things and I’m kind of an expert on the subject. Prepare to be enraged or to agree with a very stable genius. By Steve King

Blog

Bruce Springsteen – Reflecting on the 40th Anniversary of “Nebraska”

Bruce Springsteen – Reflecting on the 40th Anniversary of “Nebraska”

Sep 30, 2022 By Austin Saalman

In the aftermath of 1980’s maximalist double LP The River, Bruce Springsteen, still another two years out from his official mainstream breakthrough, headed in the opposite sonic direction on 1982’s bleak Nebraska.